Even though summer offers some excellent opportunities for exploring the country in your car, truck or SUV, summertime driving can be particularly risky. In fact, according to AAA, the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day is one of the deadlier times for U.S. drivers.
Even though you have no control over the actions of other motorists, you can take steps to keep yourself and your family safe during summer road trips. Here are three safety tips you should implement during your warm-weather travels.
1. Check your tires
Extreme heat can wreak havoc on your car’s tires. In fact, when temperatures climb, your tires may stretch, warp, degrade or blow. Therefore, before you drive during the hot summer months, you should inspect your tires for visible signs of damage. If you see any, you should delay your trip until you can repair the problem.
2. Inspect your backseat
Your car’s internal temperature can climb quickly during the summer. You do not want to be a parent who accidentally leaves one of your kids inside a sweltering vehicle. Consequently, when you reach your destination, always check your backseat for a sleeping or quiet child.
3. Be careful in construction zones
Summer temperatures are often ideal for road crews to perform repairs. Still, construction zones can be dangerous for motorists and workers alike. When you drive into one, be sure you pay close attention to reduced speed limits and flagger instructions. You also may want to increase your following distance by a couple of car lengths.
Ultimately, though, if you have an accident during your summer travel, you may be able to pursue financial compensation for any injuries you or your family members suffer.